Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson took part in a question and answer session this week with a group of young people from a Wigan High School as part of a new business and enterprise project being run by the Club’s Latics in the Community programme.
“How did you get the job? What qualifications did you get at school? which player would you most like sign for Wigan and how much do you earn?” were just some of the questions the young people from St John Fisher Catholic High School asked Jonathan in the Players’ Lounge at the DW Stadium.
The Latics Enterprise Academy is a Premier League backed initiative that uses the model of Wigan Athletic to teach young people about business.
During the ten week scheme young people learn about the different aspect of running a Premier League Club including how the football club operates as a business, products and services, marketing and customer service. Participants earn an accredited qualification for completing the course.
They also get the opportunity to visit the DW Stadium and receive match tickets to Wigan Athletic home games.
Jonathan, who as well as being the Club’s Chief Executive, is a trustee of Wigan Athletic Community Trust said: “The young people asked some really interesting questions about how Wigan Athletic runs as business.
“As a football club we take our relationship with local schools very seriously and the Community Trust initiative is a innovative way for us to interact with the town’s young people and also hopefully help them gain an understanding of how we operate as business and maybe make them consider football and the leisure industry as future careers.
“Who knows, we might even inspire a future Chief Executive of Wigan Athletic!”
The Latics Enterprise Academy is part of the national Premier League Enterprise Academy project which is backed by the Government’s Department of Business of Business and Innovation and Skills. The Wigan Athletic project is also supported by Manchester Metropolitan University.
For more information please contact project co-ordinator Gareth Nolan on 01942 488 530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.